Pros / Getting set up could not be easier – you don't even have to measure the soap.
Cons / There is no hose or other tools for cleaning furniture and stairs.
Verdict / You get about the same stain-removing power as some of the full-sized, higher-priced machines, but there are disadvantages to a machine this small.
The Hoover Powerdash Pet Compact was such a relief to use after comparing a long line of bulky and unwieldy machines. The Powerdash Pet Compact is more than those handheld pet spot removing machines, but less than the full-sized machines that can be so overwhelming. It was about average in terms of stain removal, but we frankly didn’t even expect it to be even that good with its tiny price tag.
It took six passes to clear our dried-on grape juice, which is average, and it did just fine on dirt, too. An average performance from a carpet cleaner this inexpensive is impressive and surprising. Even more surprising was how well is removed water from carpets. It removed 24 ounces in the same amount of testing that some machines extracted less than 10 ounces. That means you avoid one dreadful side effect of cleaning with these machines – soggy carpets.
This could be a nice option if you need to carry it to a second or third floor on a regular basis because it weighs just 13 pounds. Only the Bissell PowerForce PowerBrush was lighter. It does not have a second handle, though. There is only the one on top with the trigger. Although, it is so compact you might not notice. I took it to my home, and brought it back to the lab, and it was the easiest to transport by far. It also got a perfect score for maneuverability because it was so easy to move it around furniture and other obstacles.
Everything was in smaller proportions, though, including the cord. It is only 10 feet long – shorter than any other – so you will have to constantly find a new plug on bigger jobs. The tank also is small holding only 2 quarts where others hold up to four. The cleaning path also was noticeably small at 10 inches. If you have a large area, consider one with a larger cleaning path, such as the Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro.
There's no room for extras on a machine this small, so you don't get a hose or any accessories for getting into corners or cleaning stairs and furniture. This is just for dealing with soiled carpets, specifically those with pet stains.
This had the highest scores for maintenance and ease of use. You don't even have to measure out soap. You fill the tank to the water line and then add soap until it reaches the soap line and you're ready to clean. Tasks like emptying the tank were also blissfully easy.
None of the carpet cleaners we used were very quiet overall, but this one was better than most. There were only two that produced less sound. Only the Bissell PowerLifter Powerbrush and the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner produced less sound.
Hoover offers lots of options for customer support, but the warranty on this machine is unimpressive at one year. Other machines offered more coverage, though they also cost much more so that is to be expected.
The Hoover Powerdash Pet Compact is the perfect machine for the owner of a new puppy. We like it better than the handheld spot vacs that are so popular because it is on wheels. Just roll it over to the mess and it will be gone in just a few passes. It is even a decent competitor up against the full-sized carpet cleaners we compared because it is great at extracting water to leave you with dryer floors faster. Keep in mind, it’s much smaller than most others, meaning more passes to clean larger messes.